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Losing Iraq

June 19, 2014
Losing Iraq

It should come as no surprise that winning the peace in Iraq after winning the war a decade earlier proves harder in practice than in theory. After years of occupation, an election and billions of dollars in U.S. funding, the all-inclusive society of Shi’ites, Sunnis and Kurds has failed to materialize. A new military built…

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India Poised to Gain as China Troubles in South China Sea Escalate

June 6, 2014
India Poised to Gain as China Troubles in South China Sea Escalate

The recent Philippine-Vietnam announcement on a coordinated response to China’s latest ocean drilling marks a significant shift in regional relations. Strains have been growing for some time. An unenforceable territorial dispute process has failed to resolve competing claims and anti-foreign sentiment is on the rise…

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What Does Xi Want – What Does Xi Really Really Want?

May 17, 2014
What Does Xi Want – What Does Xi Really Really Want?

For so many years now, the rhetoric coming out of China was “peaceful rise” and “non-intervention”. And then by stealth, diplomacy and economic might a shift occurred turning a policy of biding one’s time into action. This new muscular foreign policy, under President Xi Jinping’s leadership,…

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“Road to Fame” Explores China’s Youthful Aspirations and Angst

November 23, 2013
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Six pairs of eyes follow each single child in China says a teacher at Beijing’s prestigious Central Academy of Drama – parents and two sets of grandparents. That puts a lot of pressure on them to succeed. In an economy undergoing dramatic change and slowing…

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Asia Tensions Reach New Highs

June 11, 2013

DPRK’s Basketball Diplomacy North Korea’s rounds of provocation tempered with inaction continue to challenge regional powers. Sanctions appear to have had little affect on the new regime, but perhaps some additional pressure from China, one of their last remaining allies, has put the fear of…

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Red Lines in the East China Sea

January 23, 2013
Red Lines in the East China Sea

[Short version on CNN GPS] In many parts of the world the long curve of history continues dragging nations back to the brink of war. Take Northeast Asia where recent tensions between China and Japan risk erupting into conflict. The Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, home to rocky…

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The Once and Future Beijing Blues

January 15, 2013
The Once and Future Beijing Blues

Remember the Beijing Olympics of 2008? A world-renowned stadium. An opening ceremony of unparalleled power and vibrancy. Beautiful blue skies. It was a picture-postcard moment. At the time visiting reporters regaled the wonderfully clean air, some even claiming the government could make the skies rain…

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Down but Not Out – Japan’s Economy in Recession

January 3, 2013
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While Europe’s troubles continue making headlines Japan’s economy slipped back into recession in late 2012 with barely a mention. Why the difference? Perhaps the island economy shows no hope of recovery after twenty plus years of stagnation, its quiet fade into economic history a near…

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In-Sourcing the U.S. Middle Class

December 17, 2012
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Welcome back American manufacturing. U.S. in-sourcing (global companies bringing jobs back to the U.S. that were previously sent overseas) hit the mainstream news cycle again this month. An in-depth Atlantic article by Charles Fishman on GE’s plans to manufacture  high-end appliances has drawn exceptional attention.…

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